Obtained yesterday by news outlets across the country, the autopsy report for baseball great Roy Halladay has been released. The two-time Cy Young award winner was found to have traces of amphetamines and morphine (specifically the sleeping medication Ambien) in his system at the time of his fatal plane crash in November 2017.
Halladay flew solo during the trip, and died as the result of blunt force trauma from the impact of the crash.
The antidepressant Prozac was also found in his system, while his blood alcohol content was 0.01.
While investigation of the crash persists, witness accounts and GPS records show that Halladay flew the single-engine plane himself, crashing into the Gulf of Mexico of the coast of Florida. He was just 40 years old at the time of his death, leaving behind a wife and two teenage sons.
While it is unknown how the combination of substances found in Halladay’s system may have contributed to the crash, FAA regulations state that no pilot should consume “any drug that affects the person’s faculties in any way contrary to safety” within eight hours of flying.
Halladay played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, winning 203 games before his retirement in 2013.
As Halladay’s family grieves this incredible loss, the sports world has lost one of its legends. The release of this news further adds to this tragedy, and should bring awareness to operating any type of machinery while under the influence.
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